blueberries and pancakes

Pancakes to Detoxify Your Body

Regardless of whether you are cautious about what you eat and drink, there is certainly a time when you want to indulge in things that are not really good for you.

Whether you are looking for a way to overcome regular hangovers, or you just want to detoxify your body from the everyday unhealthy diet you are on, there is one thing you should be consuming: Blueberries.

And while eating fresh blueberries is probably the safest way to go, there are also many different ways you can incorporate these berries in your day to day diet.

My personal favorite?

Blueberries and Pancakes!

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First things first, let’s say a word or two about blueberries and their features and health benefits.

Blueberries, like other berries, get their color from anthocyanins.

As it turns out, these pigments are not only the main source blueberries get their color from, but they are responsible for the many health benefits attributed to blueberries.

Blueberries are the best antioxidants on earth! They play a crucial role in regulating our blood sugar levels, as well as guarding our cardiovascular system in general. Need I say more?

Now that we’ve established that these berries are packed with good-for-you features, let’s see how can we combine them with America’s favorite: pancakes.

  • Prepare the regular pancake batter or your favorite pancakes and top them with fresh blueberries.
  • Fold fresh or frozen whole blueberries into the batter.
  • Blend blueberries together with the other ingredients.

Easy Detox Pancakes

blueberry pancakes

While I love all of the above-mentioned ways of incorporating blueberries in my pancakes, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the last one.

The Blender Blueberry Pancakes are my all-time favorite recipe because of five things:

* Preparing these beauties is easy as ABC.

* They get a bluish color that I LOVE.

* They are super delicious.

* They are incredibly healthy!

* They allow for as many different toppings as you want.

But, just in case you want to upgrade the recipe, try and fold in whole blueberries as well. This way you will double the amount of blueberries added, thus doubling their beneficial effects.

The final result will be a stack of delicious, cloud-like bluish pancakes that are filled with nutrients that are good for you. Not to mention every pancake bite will additionally be improved by the presence of whole berries.

If you are a pancake lover, then I tell you, you will instantly fall in love with the combination of them and blueberries. On top of it all, you will be doing your body the favor of detoxifying it by simultaneously enjoying a scrumptious protein infused meal.

 

 

lemon essential oil pancakes

Why and How to Use Essential Oils in Pancake Recipes

Have you ever used essential oils in pancake recipes? I used to think that essential oils were used only for therapeutic, beauty, and medicinal purposes. You know, like the ones you put in your bath tub to relax or smear on your face to soothe the skin. Now I know better. Essential oils are perfect food flavorings, especially for sweet treats like pancakes.

Why You Should Use Essential Oils in Pancakes

First of all, it is much easier to add a drop or two of an intensely flavored oil instead of chopping, slicing and preparing exotic ingredients that are more difficult to find in grocery stores.

Second, these oils are organic compounds extracted from plants and have impressive healing properties. Here is a part of them:

  • Fight cold and flu
  • Relax muscles
  • Heal skin problems and reduce wrinkles
  • Relieve pain
  • Balance hormones
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce cellulite

How to Use Essential Oils in Pancakes

essential oil pancakes

In order to consume essential oils safely, you should be aware that these oils are different than the plants they were extracted from, i.e. they are much more concentrated and stronger in taste. That’s why a drop or two into the pancake batter will suffice. As a basic simple rule: one drop = one teaspoon of standard herbal or spicy flavoring.

It is also vital that you use certified organic oils (find them in health food stores) to be sure they do not contain any chemicals.

Another important thing to know is that not all essential oils are suitable for cooking. Oils that have a low smoking point cannot be cooked. They usually change the taste or lose all the crucial nutrients when cooked, or they simply evaporate. To avoid evaporation dilute them in the oil you usually use (I recommend olive or coconut oil as healthier options). That way the oil will be dispersed thoroughly into the pancake batter. I chose a few less frequently used flavoring oils for pancakes that are completely safe for cooking.

Essential Oils Pancake Recipes

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Peppermint health benefits: energy boost, pain relief, enhanced athletic performance.

The cool and refreshing taste of peppermint pairs beautifully with dark chocolate. Add ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa and ½ cup of chocolate chips (you can add white chips) and, of course, a drop of peppermint oil.

Bergamot health benefits: anti-stress and anti-anxiety benefits.

Bergamot oil has a slightly citrusy flavor and pairs well with mild ingredients. Add it to pancakes made with soft cheese in the base (cream cheese, cottage cheese or ricotta). Serve with cranberry sauce on top.

Cardamom health benefits: aids digestion and is a powerful antioxidant.

Contribute the warmth of cardamom to these tender pancakes, with a little chew obtained by adding rolled oats and dried apricots to the batter, as well as a slight crunch from chopped almonds, both in the batter and on top.

Thyme health benefits: enhances the immune system, fights bacteria.

The savory taste of thyme will add a surprising twist to your sweet delight. Add it to soft and fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes and serve with a blueberry jam or blueberry sauce on top.

Besides these more exotic flavorings, you can also opt for the more usual ones, like ginger and cinnamon in the form of an essential oil. Buy them in kits that combine various oils, such as anise, coriander, thieves, and more, to add fresh new tastes to the good old pancakes.